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  1. Guernsey's 2018 budget approved
  2. No report of Apple funds in Jersey says regulator
  3. 'Third of children in financially struggling households' in Guernsey
  4. Condor could increase security to deal with unruly passengers
  5. First sighting of humpback whale off Jersey confirmed
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

We'll be back on Thursday from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

Tax avoidance schemes 'morally wrong' says charity

BBC Radio Guernsey

A UK charity says financial schemes which allow clients to avoid tax are depriving the poorest people of basic services and facilities.

Christian Aid says while the financial products highlighted by the Paradise Papers are legal they're morally corrupt.

Toby Quantrill from Christian Aid says any tax avoided could be used to fund vital services.

It has an impact in terms of what government can spend, it has an impact in undermining democracy in some regard and it has an impact on the types of resources government has to develop schools and hospitals

Toby QuantrillChristian Aid

Guernsey Finance attacks 'so-called' Paradise Papers

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The promotional body for Guernsey's finance industry has followed the island's government in attacking the journalists behind the Paradise Papers, a leak of documents revealing the role the crown dependencies play in allowing wealthy individuals and companies to pay less in tax.

Guernsey's financial services industry has not been linked to any major revelations as part of the leak.

"The ‘Paradise Papers’, is an illegal hack of files and unacceptable," Dominic Wheatley, Guernsey Finance's CEO said.

"The sensationalist reporting is deliberately designed to undermine the legitimate business acts of offshore centres.”

He says Guernsey is transparent and has adopted international standards endorsed by the OECD, EU and IMF.

Since the release of the papers, campaigners have insisted Guernsey and other dependencies adopt public registers detailing who the ultimate owners of businesses are.

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WW1 stamps released ahead of Remembrance Sunday

BBC Radio Guernsey

World War One Guernsey stamp collection
Guernsey Post

Guernsey Post has released its fourth set of stamps in the Stories from the Great War series ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

The collection commemorates the centenary of World War One and depicts Guernsey airmen both lost at sea and killed in action.

The fifth and final collection in the series, called Guernsey's Memorials, will be released next year.

Weather update: Some patchy rain or drizzle

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken through this evening and overnight with some patchy light rain or drizzle at times.

The blanket of cloud will help temperatures stay well above freezing, keeping a frost at bay.

Jersey weather forecast
Guernsey weather forecast

Inquests hears of failings in patient care

Marian McNamee

Reporter, BBC Channel Islands News

An inquest has heard about failings in Jersey's Health and Social Services Department after a patient in its care died following a fall from a hoist while in hospital.

Mary Cornish, 83, from St Clement, was being cared for on Oak Ward at St Saviour's Hospital in March 2016 when she fell after being bathed.

Mrs Cornish struck and cut her head in a fall from the hoist to the ground .

She later developed bronchial pneumonia in hospital, recorded as the cause of death.

An inspector's report found a seat belt hadn't been used while the patient was being moved, and that staff did not have appropriate or up-to-date training to use specialist equipment.

Describing what she termed "weaknesses" in the system, the inspector recommended the hoists be replaced and a regular training plan put in place.

After the hearing Mrs Cornish's daughters welcomed the measures but said they didn't blame the staff who cared for their mother.

Jersey pay changes: Civil servants union responds

BBC Channel Islands News

Jersey union Staff Side, which represents staff for both the Prospect and the Jersey Civil Servants Association has said it's been "inundated" by staff who want to understand how plans for a government scheme to modernise the workforce will affect them.

So far we have been inundated by a substantial number of communications from staff, who have received and seen today for the first time how workforce modernisation will affect them as individuals. Staff Side believe it is vital that all staff are able to attend meetings to discuss their concerns independently with their trade unions and we are sure in the interest of good industrial relations this will be supported by the employer."

Staff Side statement

Guernsey chief minister 'congratulated on stolen papers response'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey's top politician says "many" people, including those outside of the island have congratulated him after his robust defence of Guernsey and the offshore world yesterday.

Deputy Gavin St Pier was responding to the Paradise Papers, a massive leak of documents showing how wealthy individuals and businesses use the offshore world to avoid paying tax.

He dubbed them #StolenPapers on Twitter, a hashtag that has since garnered five tweets, three of them written by Deputy St Pier.

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Drone pictures to feature at political summit

BBC Radio Jersey

Aerial photo of kayakers
Marc le Cornu

A firefighter who uses drones to search for missing people in Jersey will have his privately taken photos used at this weeks summit of British political leaders.

Marc le Cornu is the lead pilot for the emergency services drone team.

Jersey is hosting a summit of the British Irish Council later this week, and some of Mr Le Cornu's photos of island landmarks will be used.

Aerial photo of a lighhouse
Marc le Cornu
Aerial photo of boats in Jersey
Marc le Cornu

Alderney politician makes emotional plea on air links

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney, viewed by air

Alderney politician Louis Jean has asked Guernsey's States members not to make Alderney the scapegoat for Aurigny's losses.

Mr Jean says the public-owned airline's significant debt, thought to be £3.6m, is being blamed on the Alderney routes.

In an emotional speech, he said the service the island had received recently was appalling.

"I'm so upset about this, I cannot tell you, and so are the people of Alderney.

"This absolutely has to be sorted out," he said.

Jersey named in connection with French billionaire's tax affairs


France's richest billionaire and the head of a luxury goods group says assets referred to by Le Monde newspaper were known to tax authorities.

Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH, issued a statement in response to the Paradise Papers, leaked documents from prominent offshore law firm Appleby relating to the investments of wealthy individuals and institutions.

Le Monde's article said Arnault owned a large house in England via a holding company in Jersey.

However, Arnault's statement said the house in question in England had been declared to both French and British tax authorities, and was subject to a French wealth tax.

'Here's a cheque, off you go'

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

Senior civil servants who fail to justify their existence should be made redundant, a Guernsey minister has said in the States.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache asked why an exercise had not been carried out to assess whether all the highest paid civil servants are needed.

After 19 months of this political term staffing costs should have been considered under plans to transform services, Deputy Ferbrache said.

"Why can't we be saying that: 'every job above a certain salary has to be evaluated in the next three-to-six months, that person has to justify their existence, if not, here's a cheque, because that's what the law provides, off you go into the private sector', why can't we be doing that?"

"That is what transformation is really about," he said.

Massive increase in taxes for Guernsey law firms

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Offshore law firms based in Guernsey face a massive tax rise today, after politicians approved new measures as part of the 2018 budget.

Appleby, the firm at the centre of the Paradise Papers, is one of the companies affected.

States of Guernsey chamber

Law firms will now have to pay 200% more in property tax, designed to bring an extra £400,000 to the exchequer each year.

Industry body the Guernsey Bar warned the rise would mean increased legal fees, but the States insisted the sector had the ability to pay.

The most recent data shows the sector grew by a quarter in 2015 alone, meaning it was worth £65m, with 90% of business coming from the offshore finance sector.

BreakingWoman fell from hoist, inquest finds

BBC Radio Jersey

Hospital staff lacked the necessary training to use equipment to move a patient who fell from a hoist, an inquest has heard.

Mary Cornish, 83, was being cared for on Oak Ward, at Jersey's St Saviour's Hospital, last March when she fell from a hoist after being bathed.

She cut her head in the fall but died in hospital after developing bronchial pneumonia.

The inquest heard a seat belt wasn't used while she was being moved.

Budget: 'Commitment to support and foster economic growth'

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

In setting out the 2018 budget, Guernsey's top politician Gavin St Pier said it confirmed a commitment to support and foster economic growth in the islands.

Personal income tax allowances will increase by 5% to £10,500 and money will be transferred into States reserves for the first time in a decade.

Domestic property tax will also rise by 7.5%.

BreakingGuernsey's 2018 budget approved

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

Guernsey's politicians have approved the 2018 budget, with only minor changes.

Measures include a 5% increase in personal tax allowances, an extra 3.5p on a litre of fuel, and the introduction of a new rate of commercial property tax, raising the amount paid by legal firms by 200%.

The States Assembly, rather than senior most committee, will now have the final say when it comes to pooled budgets.

States employees in Jersey face pay changes

BBC Radio Jersey

More than 5,000 States employees are finding out how plans to change the way they are paid could affect them.

The government wants to streamline its pay structure and have the same terms and conditions for all staff.

Instead of 75 pay grades, there will be 10, if staff and union groups agree.

Most staff in the first phase will see their pay increase, but some will see a fall in pay.

Senator Andrew Green, the chairman of the States Employment Board, said the changes will make the way people are paid "fairer".

Forgotten heroes appeal launched

BBC Radio Guernsey

Smith Street War Memorial, Guernsey

Guernsey Museum wants to add the names of forgotten servicemen to the island's war memorial at Smith Street.

The St Peter Port memorial was built in 1926 to honour soldiers that died in World War One.

Museum staff now believe the name of a veteran who died in the Falklands War and others may have been missed off the memorial.

They would like to add any missed names next year.

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact the museum's Dr Jason Monaghan.

Cumulus clouds?

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watcher and cloud fancier Chris Cumulus for sending in this photo in Guernsey this morning.

I believe I'm right in saying these are cumulus clouds, presumably Chris's favourite.

If you know your clouds, get in touch.

Chris Cumulus captures clouds over the Little Russel

Union leader: Staff should reject pay offer

BBC Radio Jersey

A leader of Jersey's Unite union is recommending States employees reject government plans to change their pay structure.

Nick Corbel says the offer hasn't been agreed by the joint unions, meaning future pay negotiations will not happen and many staff will get increases below rises in the cost of living.

"We will be recommending a rejection of the offer," Mr Corbel said, adding "we need to get back around the table."

Senator Andrew Green said the changes, which will see the number of pay grades reduced from 75 to 10, will make the pay system "fairer".

Mr Corbel says while some public sector workers will benefit, that won't apply to everybody, with some workers being "financially hurt, and hurt badly".

Budget vote after lunch

Edward Rowe

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Guernsey

After a day-and-a-half of debate, politicians will vote on Guernsey's 2018 budget after lunch at 14:30.

In summing up, Deputy Gavin St Pier encouraged the assembly to support the amended budget.

Firearms surrender starts on Monday

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

States of Guernsey Police
The weapons amnesty also applies in Guernsey, as part of a national police operation

Gun owners in Jersey who wish to surrender their firearms can do so from Monday, as part of a national police appeal.

Unlawfully held and unwanted guns and ammunition can be handed in from 13 to 26 November 2017.

Almost 10,000 privately owned firearms are held by more than 1,000 people in Jersey, the Jersey Evening Post reported last week.

The amnesty is also in place in Guernsey.

Jersey's Head of Firearms, Ch Insp Chris Beechey said: “If anyone is in possession of an unwanted or unlicensed firearm this campaign is the perfect opportunity to surrender them.

"We just want more guns out of harm’s way."

Fort luxury hotel plans 'going ahead in 2018'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Work to begin developing a Victorian fort in Alderney into a luxury hotel could start next year, according to the man behind the project.

Fort Tourgis

Plans to turn Fort Tourgis into accommodation, at the cost of £17.5m, had stalled.

Developer Frans Verweij says the global financial crisis and Brexit are the reasons behind the delay, but he is now confident work can start in 2018.

"I think it'll take a few months to arrange everything around the project, and I hope that we can start with it next year," he said.

Concerns raised over scale of new hospital

Jersey Evening Post

Suggestions the design for the new hospital would have a "negligible" impact on the St Helier skyline and nearby residents were met with laughter and incredulity at a public inquiry into the proposed development.

Condor could increase security to deal with unruly passengers

BBC Radio Jersey

Condor Ferries says it is considering putting extra security measures in place to deal with unruly passengers.

A recent Freedom of Information request revealed police had already been called to the harbour 25 times this year, that's up on 18 in 2016 and 15 in 2015.


Of the 25 call outs so far this year 10 of them were to Condor Ferries, in part due to passengers being upset at delays or cancellations, or because passengers were drunk or abusive.

Condor CEO Paul Luxon says the company applies a zero tolerance policy for dealing with unruly behaviour as it can endanger the safety of its passengers and crew.

He says the company investigates allegations of bad behaviour rigorously and takes action including prosecution and banning those whose conduct is deemed unacceptable.

Mr Luxon says it only asks police to intervene in extreme cases and is now thinking about adding extra security measures to address the matter further.

Did you know...

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were in Jersey in the 1850s. They met at the Trafalgar Pub in St Aubin.

Marx was an influential German born philosopher and economist whose theories on socialism had a lasting profound impact on world politics. He collaborated with Engels who funded his research.

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How would you redevelop Havre des Pas?

BBC Channel Islands News

Work could start soon on redeveloping Havre des Pas in St Helier after money was made available by the States that had been set aside to pay rates on government buildings.

St Helier Deputy Scott Wickenden says: "It is one of our most beautiful and iconic areas in St Helier and it is important it gets the love it truly deserves to make sure it stays in a good condition."

His suggestions for redevelopment includes better cycle paths and more pedestrian crossings.

Havre des Pas

BBC Channel Islands News asked people for their views on the area and how it could be improved. Most focused on traffic and changes to the road.

One person called for it to be pedestrianised, another for speed humps and a third for more parking in the area.

The parish says it will ask residents in the area how they would like to see the money spent before work begins.

Today's weather: Plenty of sunshine expected

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly start with just a few isolated showers at first.

Plenty of sunshine is expected throughout the day across the Channel Islands, with winds remaining light.

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).


Jersey weather



Another unchanged squad for Guernsey FC

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance has made the extremely rare step of naming an unchanged squad for the thrid successive game.

The Green Lions host Whyteleafe at Footes Lance on Wednesday night hoping to bounce back from their 4-2 loss to Herne Bay on Saturday.

If Vance picks the same starting side it will be just the second time in the club's six-and-a-half year history that he has named an unchanged side for three successive matches - the last time was in January 2015.

Guernsey FC
Fran Torode

Whyteleafe are sixth in the Isthmian League Division One South, but have not won in their last four games and have only one victory away from home all season.

Guernsey, who are fifth-from-bottom, suffered a first defeat in a month on Saturday to end a run of four wins in seven games, having lost eight of their first nine matches this season.

Guernsey FC squad: Dennis, F Tobin, Le Prevost, Dodd, H Tobin, De La Mare, Dyer, Dodds, Mahon, Gauvain, Skillen, Young, Rihoy, Allen, Pereira, Legg.

First sighting of humpback whale off Jersey confirmed

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Experts have confirmed the first record of a humpback whale in Channel Islands' waters.

Humback whale
Ed Egre

It was first spotted last week by Ed Egre, who was returning from a lobster fishing trip, and described the sighting as a "humbling experience".

It was confirmed by Gareth Jeffreys of the marine biology section of the Societe Jersiaise who said it was an "incredible sighting".

He added it raised questions over whether it was a one-off record or whether the animals were moving into new areas.

Humpback whales are not common around the British Isles.

However, there have been several sightings in recent years including one in February off the coast of South Devon.

'Third of children in financially struggling households'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A third of children in Guernsey live in a household struggling to make ends meet, according to a new States report into family income.

It also found more than 6,000 households were earning "considerably less" than the median average wage of just under £53,000 per year before income tax, social security and housing costs are factored in.

The report covers figures from 2015 and also found more than a quarter of those over 65 live in relative poverty.

Scrutiny in Guernsey say they are examining poverty in the island.

No report of Apple funds in Jersey says regulator

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's financial regulator says it has found no evidence to show Apple moved or held its money in the island.

The comments are in response to a Panorama report on the leaked Paradise Papers that claim Apple became tax resident in Jersey following a law change in Ireland in 2015.


Apple says it never moved any money out of Ireland that year and pays all the tax it owes.

The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) says Apple subsidiaries are not Jersey-registered companies and its understanding is that Apple funds relating to these entities have not been sent to or held in the island.

Panorama says the JFSC statement is a very limited rebuttal, and does not alter its understanding of the story or suggest anything it has reported is inaccurate.

JFSC said their statement was not specifically in response to Panorama’s coverage, but aimed at inaccuracies in other media reports.

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

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